By Carrie McGuffin and Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga. — Communities across South Carolina are faced with the destruction that recent storms and significant rainfall brought. With a death toll of at least 14 and an estimated $1 billion of damage across the state, families and businesses are facing a long road of recovery.
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has contributed an initial $5,000 to the relief efforts and is encouraging Cooperative Baptists and friends to support the Fellowship’s response in South Carolina. Donations may be made to the CBF Flood Relief fund online at http://www.cbf.net/flood/.
Jay Kieve, coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of South Carolina (CBFSC), is working with several churches in Columbia and Charleston, S.C., as they seek to address the needs of their flood ravaged communities. CBFSC has also provided support and is reaching out to Providence Baptist Church in Charleston as they assist families affected by the flooding in a community with which they have partnered for 15 years.
Another CBF congregation—Kathwood Baptist Church in Columbia—with an existing day-care ministry, hopes to expand their capacity in the wake of the devastation to allow impacted families to have a safe place for their children as they deal with flood-damaged homes. Donations will assist in the short-term and long-term recovery in these communities. Emmanuel Baptist Church in Columbia is assessing the long-term needs of the surrounding community and a low-income community they have partnered with in the past as they seek to meet immediate needs as quickly as possible.
“The CBFSC disaster response plan is to bring financial, material and human resources to churches so that they can help their neighbors in the immediate aftermath of the floods,” Kieve said. “Later, we will build on the relationships congregations have with their communities to connect volunteer teams to individuals with clean up and repair needs.”
Ron Fairley, who serves as CBF’s associate coordinator of projects and services and as interim director of CBF Disaster Response, encouraged Cooperative Baptists to contribute to the relief efforts underway.
“When I saw the pictures of the flood damage in my son’s apartment complex in Columbia, S.C., I knew this wasn’t going to be a minor event,” Fairley said. “Fortunately, he has only been inconvenienced by the flooding, but others have lost everything they own and some have lost their lives. It’s important for the CBF family to come to the aid of those in need by giving generously. Together, we can make a difference.”
Give online at www.cbf.net/flood. You may also mail a check payable to “CBF” with Acct. 17031 in the memo line to:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
P.O. Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
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